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Dreamcatcher Excited to Meet Filipino InSomnias Under the Moonlight

K-pop girl group Dreamcatcher first visited Manila in 2019, and the members are excited to reunite with their Filipino InSomnias.

A day before their Dreamcatcher: Under the Moonlight in Manila show, JiU, SuA, Siyeon, Handong, Gahyeon, Dami and Yoohyeon met the media for a press conference.

“It’s really been a long time since we visited the Philippines, and I’m sure InSomnias have been waiting for us for a long time. I hope this particular concert satiates their needs,” SuA said through an interpreter.

The group also talked about their music style since Dreamcatcher’s sound is known to have elements of rock and metal. Siyeon said each member has a different preference when it comes to music, but she is a big fan of metal rock bands.

Yoohyeon shared her thoughts about also gaining popularity worldwide. “When [we] visit other countries and hear the fans cheer for us, that’s when I realized how many fans we have in the global stage.”

What’s Dreamcatcher’s secret for staying this long in the music industry? In a heartbeat, Yoohyeon said, “Teamwork.” Siyeon added that the love for the music that they’re making is something that’s important to them.

Another important thing for the group is communicating and talking with each other. “We try to share photos with each other and have a conversation about even small topics,” Dami said.

The members learned a few Filipino expressions for their fans. They practiced saying “Mahal ko kayo,” “Salamat po,” and “Akin ka.”

Filipino InSomnias, get ready for an unforgettable and dreamy night with Dreamcatcher!

Catch their Dreamcatcher: Under the Moonlight in Manila show on Aug. 28 at the New Frontier Theater.

Special thanks to Random Minds. DREAMCATCHER: UNDER THE MOONLIGHT IN MANILA is the first show under Random Hits Live 2023 series, a series of shows that will showcase your favorite local and international artists singing unique setlists.

Words by Ava Sumortin
Photos by Seth Valenzuela
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Hwang Min Hyun scheduled for a mini concert in Manila on Oct. 8

Can you feel it PH HWANGDO? He’s coming! PULP Live World and Happee Hour bring HWANG MIN HYUN to MANILA with his mini-concert, 2023 HWANG MIN HYUN MINI CONCERT in MANILA happening this October 8,2023, 6PM at the New Frontier Theater.

HWANG MIN HYUN, simply known as Min Hyun, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and actor. He initially gained attention as a member of idol groups from 2017-2022. Even before his debut, he piqued the public’s interest with his charming demeanor and impressive vocals.

HWANG MIN HYUN proved his talent as a performer, showcasing both his impressive singing and dancing ability as well as his charm on stage. His popularity as an idol opened doors to other areas of entertainment. His journey may have begun with a passion for music, but his dedication and talent have allowed him to become a multifaceted star. He starred in popular Korean dramas such as Live On (2020) and Alchemy of Souls Season 1 and 2 (2022). He also made guest appearances on various variety shows, earning praise for his natural humor and wit.

HWANG MIN HYUN’s success so far is only the beginning. He released his first digital single, Universe, and has since released several other successful tracks and OSTs. HWANG MIN HYUN made his solo debut in February of this year with the much-anticipated mini-album Truth or Lie, led by the title track “Hidden Side”. The mini-album includes five B-sides; Honest, Crossword, Perfect Type, Smile and Cube, each showcasing Min Hyun’s versatility and range as a solo artist.

The main theme of the album is to not only discover Hwang Min Hyun’s many sides but to ultimately “possess” them all. The album displays a wider spectrum of his musical hues with a striking delivery of emotions, composed of a unique combination of pop, R&B, and hip-hop influences. This June, he announced his first solo mini concert entitled 2023 HWANG MIN HYUN MINI CONCERT .

This Asia tour will feature HWANG MIN HYUN’s best performances and moments that will create lasting memories for all of his fans. Manila is one of his tour stops, and Filipino Hwangdos have been waiting for this moment for a long time. With his exceptional journey to success, irresistible charm, and genuine appreciation for his fans, it’s easy to see why HWANG MIN HYUN has captured the hearts of so many fans.

Expect to see not just his musical prowess but also his affable personality on stage! PH HWANGDO, this show will undoubtedly be an unforgettable event that you wouldn’t want to miss! See you all at the 2023 HWANG MIN HYUN MINI CONCERT in MANILA on October 8, 2023, 6PM at the New Frontier Theater.

This show is proudly brought to you by PLEDIS Entertainment, TONZ Entertainment, PULP Live World, and Happee Hour.

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Kim Sejeong is heading to Manila for her first ever concert tour: The 門 on Oct. 1

Get ready to catch the Korean star from the popular K-Drama series “Business Proposal” and “The Uncanny Counter”, and the beautiful voice behind several K-Drama OSTs, as the one and only KIM SEJEONG embarks on her first-ever concert tour. Her concert tour, “The 門”, will be coming to Manila on Sunday, October 1, 2023 at the New Frontier Theater. Presented by Wilbros Live.

The Korean singer-actress recently dropped a coming soon image for her first full-length album, “Moon”, raising much excitement from fans. The new album is set to drop on September 4 at 6PM KST. This will be KIM SEJEONG’s comeback as a singer in more than two years.

From her humble beginnings on the reality show Produce 101 (which she won) to becoming a member of girl groups I.O.I and Gugudan, to being a well-loved K-Drama actress, KIM SEJEONG’s journey as an artist has been an inspiration to many. Her songs “Love, Maybe” (from Business Proposal OST), “All of My Days” (from Crash Landing On You OST), “If Only” (from The Legend of the Blue Sea OST), “Paramour” (from Mr. Sunshine OST) and “Meet Again” (from The Uncanny Counter) have touched hearts of so many fans.

Right now, she has become one of Korea’s most sought-after celebrities with 10.6M followers on Instagram and numerous brand endorsements around the world.

Tickets to 2023 KIM SEJEONG 1st CONCERT in Manila will be on-sale beginning Saturday, August 19 at 10AM via and all TicketNet outlets nationwide.

Fans watching the concert will all have Hi-Bye Session and Official Poster as fan benefits. Lucky fans that will be able to purchase the Diamond ticket will have Group Photo (15:1) with KIM SEJEONG. For more information, follow @WilbrosLive on social media.


Last September 2022, iKon was one of the KPOP Acts performed at KPOP MASTERZ 2 also presented by Pulp Live World.

When their new EP “TAKE OFF” released, a little later they announce their world tour dates including Manila. iKon starts their stage with one of their latest song titled “Tantara” followed by “Sinosijac”.

First set was lit and everyone was already on fire! Members introduced themselves with a comment “it’s good to be back here in Manila”.

Donghyuk reminiscing their last Manila solo tour and it’s been 3 or 4 years since then. Bobby commented “nothing changes, you’re still on fire”. Second set played most of their hit songs like “Killing Me”, “Rhythm Ta”, “Bling Bling” the legend and ikonic “Love Scenario” and lastly the title track on their album TAKE OFF – “U” Bobby and Chanwoo have a little moment with IKONICs with their tagalog battle, Chanwoo said that they talked to Jinhwan before the show and Jihnwan taught Chanwoo his famous tagalog phrase “sakit akung tiyan” means my stomach or tummy hurts. Bobby told a story behind that tagalog phrase from Jihwan was because during Jinhwan’s study days in Davao, Philippines when he wanted to go home earlier (making white lie excuses), he will go to his teacher and saying “sakit akung tiyan” (my stomach hurts).

“There’s one person I remember when I go to Philippines – Jinhwan Hyun, Prince of the Philippines” – Chanwoo said. He was excited to be here and perform but unfortunately, he’s currently enlisting and fulfilling his duty as an army and misses Filo-ikonics so much. They even played Jinhwan’s part through LED Screen so we won’t miss this beautiful moment and feels like he’s with us throughout the show (serve well Kim Jinhwan! iKonics will always wait for you!) Chanwoo’s tagalog phrase was “Ikaw lang nasa puso ko.” While Bobby’s “Hello Maganda! Gusto niyo ba mag-inom mamaya? Mahal kita!” and asked the fans who did better by screaming and Bobby said he won. Donghyuk performed “Kiss Me” with his hot and sexy moves, followed by Junhoe’s “Want You Back” with his guitar flexing his magical voice (like nanghaharana) and he also performed with Bobby “Deep Night”. Bobby’s solo song called “HeartBROKEN PlaYBoY” main rapper once again proving his rapping skills!

Ended their solo stage with Yunhyeong’s “Eurachacha” a trot masterpiece sang and hyped with the crowd. Chanwoo promised he will prepare for his solo performance for their next tour here in Manila with Pinky’s up! Bobby Said Yunhyeong’s lips are dangerous because of his Eurachacha stage and also Donghyuk’s sexy stage “Kiss Me” and fans asked them to show their own version of “Kiss Me” VCR.

“Why Why Why”, “Like A Movie”, and “Goodbye Road” was on the set and melts everyone’s heart with their vocals Party is on with “What’s Wrong”, “Dumb & Dumber” “B-Day” and “Freedom” jumping, screaming and singing with ikon was so fun Group photo with fans, ikonics prepared a vcr and bobby was like “I Knew it, you guys have this” and played the fan project, everyone is silent and enjoying the clip while bobby was kind of emotional and hiding is expression on the blanket that is also from fans with their messages to IKON and before the show ends, they said that they were really happy to be in Manila.

“You guys are crazy. Manila is the best” Donghyuk said and Bobby said that filo-ikonics was more fluent than him on speaking Korean, they even sang their song fluently even it is a Korean lyrics.“ iKon wrapped their performance with the encore stage of “B-Day”, Rhythm Ta”, “Freedom” (Added by June because they enjoyed the show so much with the ikonics) and Lastly with their legendary hit “Love Scenario”.

IKON Live in Manila 2023 was produced by Pulp Live World
Words by Reinalyn Marquez
Photos by Yvonne Solon
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ABS-CBN Global, in partnership with South Korea-based immersive entertainment brand KAMP, brings the inaugural edition of “ON Music Festival.” On November 3, 2023, at the MOA Arena, “ON Music Festival” will deliver a first-of-its-kind live-music experience.

“ON Music Festival,” produced by KAMP and ABS-CBN Events, is set to bring a truly ear-blowing lineup to the MOA Arena. The first wave of artists includes SUHO of EXO, the Philippines’ own Moira, Darren, and Korea’s hottest rising band wave to earth. The second wave of the star-studded lineup is set to be announced soon.

KAMP CEO Tim Kim says “It’s exciting to finally announce this new one-of-a-kind festival experience that we have been planning with our partners at ABS-CBN Global for a long time. The word 온 (ON) has several meanings including ‘all, entire’, ‘warm’, and ‘100’ in native Korean. We created ‘ON Music Festival’ with hopes of launching a new experience that celebrates the diversity of love and music.”

“ABS-CBN is honored to partner with KAMP in bringing together the superstars of Korea and the Philippines on one stage,” says ABS-CBN Global CEO Aldrin M. Cerrado.

More information about the event and tickets will be available at and ON Music Festival’s official social media accounts on Instagram (onfestival_official), Facebook (onfestival.official), and X/Twitter (onfestival).

Get a chance to score TWICE 5th World Tour ‘READY TO BE’ concert tickets via SMART

Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. is giving subscribers a chance to score tickets to TWICE 5TH WORLD TOUR ‘READY TO BE’ at the Philippine Arena on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2023.

The tour is the latest addition to this year’s stellar line-up for Smart Live, which gives subscribers access to exclusive perks and privileges to live concerts and events.

To secure tickets, simply go to these participating Smart Stores: August 18-19, 2023 at the Smart Store in Ayala Center Cebu and from August 25-26, 2023 at the Smart Store in SM Megamall.

Visit the TWICE booth at these participating Smart Stores and avail of Magic Data+ 649 or Magic Data+ 749 offers. Subscribers must top up Magic Data+ offers at said Smart Stores on the promo day to be considered valid. The required number of top-up varies based on your preferred ticket.

Next, present the GigaLife App to show proof of account or mobile number ownership, and proof of purchase of the Magic Data+ offers.

Subscribers may top up Magic Data+ to up to five registered Smart Prepaid numbers per ticket, as long as the required number of Magic Data+ top-up are met.

Fans who will top up to more than one number must present proof of purchase on the GigaLife App or e-loading channels such as the subscriber’s number to whom Magic Data+ 649 or 749 was sent, and/or receipt of transaction.

Subscribers may claim one (1) ticket based on the Magic Data+ offer they availed of at the Smart Store. Ticket redemption is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Second concert in the Philippines

TWICE’s upcoming concert is their second visit to the Philippines since 2019. The Philippine leg is part of the TWICE 5TH WORLD TOUR ‘READY TO BE’ that kicked off in Seoul early this year, which includes shows in Japan, Australia, the US, Singapore, Berlin, Thailand, Paris, and London.

The tour is in support of their 2023 EP – “READY TO BE.” TWICE, the first Korean group to receive the coveted Breakthrough Award at the Billboard Women in Music Awards this year, is a nine-member group composed of Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu, who made their debut in 2015.

Fans can enjoy the best concert experience on-ground and instantly share their live moments with the rest of the world powered by Smart, the Philippines’ Fastest and Best Mobile Network as cited by Ookla, the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence.

Smart clinched this prestigious recognition for three consecutive semesters –  Q1-Q2 2022, Q3-Q4 2022, and most recently in Q1-Q2 2023.

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Spotify and NewJeans celebrate new EP by bringing listeners into the world of NewJeans

In celebration of the highly anticipated release of NewJeans’ second EP, Get Up, Spotify has teamed up with the rookie powerhouse to bring the world of NewJeans to listeners across the globe. Since NewJeans’ explosive debut in July last year, the quintet, made up of MINJI, HANNI, DANIELLE, HAERIN and HYEIN, has been making waves with their music and winning Bunnies[ Bunnies is NewJeans’ official fandom name] over worldwide.

Today, the girls have over 23 million monthly listeners on Spotify, and are once again proving that they are a force to be reckoned with. In a week since the release of Get Up, the EP, which features six tracks, garnered over 165 million Spotify streams. For listeners in the Philippines, Spotify is fueling the excitement around Get Up with a range of exciting initiatives that were co-created with the group.


One of the highlights of the collaboration is the Bunnyland microsite, an immersive digital experience that lets Spotify users discover which member is their NewJeans hero based on their music tastes. After being matched with a member, users can share their result on social media and listen to a Spotify playlist specially curated by their hero member. For fans curious about what else NewJeans is listening to, the rest of the members’ curated playlists are also available.

OMG! There’s more! Spotify is also rolling out bonus content to let fans discover more about NewJeans and their new music. Watch the girls battle against a claw machine to build their dream Bunnyland while answering fun random fact questions, completing challenges, and more. They also gave short but sweet sample killing parts from the album – live! Tune in and join them as they unwind and whip up sweet Spoti-pies, and look forward to behind-the-scenes content on Spotify’s K-Pop ON! YouTube and video podcast channels.

To amplify the release of Get Up, Spotify has also deployed giant Spotibuninis across major cities in Asia including Manila. These eye-catching installations feature NewJeans’ adorable new bunny character sporting Spotify headphones. Born from the combination of two well-loved characters – minini by IPX[ IPX was formerly known as Line Friends] and TOKKI by NewJeans, the group’s new character has been aptly named bunini, and takes on the nickname Spotibunini for the group’s campaign with Spotify. A special treat awaits fans on-site.

The installation activates the Spotibunini Instagram filter (accessible via @SpotifyPH), bringing extra magic to the giant character and revealing a voice message from NewJeans themselves. PH Bunnies can come and visit Spotibunini at Bonifacio Global City until August 20, 2023. “We’re thrilled to partner with Spotify to present our fans with a diverse range of experiences that bring our group’s unique colors to life. We’ve prepared an exciting campaign to connect with listeners worldwide, and we look forward to sharing these moments with our dedicated Bunnies and new fans,” NewJeans shared.

Spotify’s ongoing support for NewJeans has played an instrumental role in their meteoric rise. As a platform that stays ahead of music and cultural trends, Spotify not only recognises emerging talent but also provides them with opportunities to connect with its borderless global audience on a deeper level. Its efforts to fuel the export of NewJeans’ music have included spotlighting the group on Spotify’s flagship global genre playlist, K-Pop ON!, which has over 5 million followers to date. Additionally, Spotify treated fans to exclusive content to celebrate the release of their first comeback single album, OMG. In January 2023, NewJeans was named Spotify’s EQUAL Ambassador.

As they headlined EQUAL, a gender equity program dedicated to amplifying women creators, their music received exposure on the EQUAL Global playlist throughout the month.

Kim Seon-ho Returns to Manila for Love to Meet Our Good Boy Fan Meet

Filipino Seonhohadas had been eagerly waiting for Kim Seon-ho to come back after his first fan meet in January. Thanks to clothing and lifestyle brand Bench, the South Korean actor met his fans during a sweet and fun “Love to Meet Our Good Boy” fan meet at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on July 22.

When Seon-ho took the stage, host Robi Domingo asked the fans to greet the actor with “mahal kita” (in three languages!). The “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” and “Start-Up” actor replied with “mahal ko din kayo,” to the delight of his fans. He walked across the stage so that Seonhohadas could see him up close and take photos of him. Robi also asked Seon-ho to repeat a couple of lines from his latest project “The Childe,” an action/thriller film. Seon-ho obliged and said, “Ngumiti ka naman dyan. Ako’ng bahala sa’yo.”

At one point, Robi asked Seon-ho, “How do you feel?” The K-drama actor replied with “Masaya.” And for the rest of the night, both the actor and his fans made each other smile. It was such a delight to watch.
The first part of the fan meet was a short interview, and photos of Seon-ho were displayed on screen as the actor talked about his projects, including “The Childe” and “Touching the Void,” a play based on a 1988 book. Seon-ho also said he couldn’t choose a favorite actor because there are a lot of great ones in the industry. Because of these senior actors, others could learn from them and become better actors. Seon-ho is known as a versatile actor and his signature dimples. He shared that he was insecure about his dimples when he was young because some people made him feel like they were an insecurity, but now, he’s learned to appreciate them.

They started the games with Seon-ho as the only participant. He played “Spot the Difference,” and he got all items correctly. He even complimented the production team for doing a great job with the photos.
With the second game, three lucky fans went on stage to play “Pictionary” with Seon-ho. The actor drew, while the fans guessed what they were. All of the fans guessed them correctly, and as a prize, they got to keep Seon-ho’s signed drawings. Seon-ho seemed shy and very down-to-earth, and interactions and conversations were easy with him.
The third game was “Pinoy Henyo,” and Seon-ho guessed all the words flashed on screen. Like with the previous game, all the words were related to the actor’s projects.

Seon-ho earlier mentioned that he wanted to try halo-halo, and for lunch that day, he was able to try the Filipino dessert and also lechon. He talked about Korean food and his favorite: tteokbokki. So for the next part of the fan meet, he cooked tteokbokki, and one fan was able to try what he made.

For the last game, three fans were picked to share a scene re-enactment with Seon-ho, bringing extra kilig to the night.
Before the fan meet ended, Filipino Seonhohadas prepared a fan project for the actor. They gave heartfelt messages of gratitude to the actor, who have made their lives even better in various ways.

“All of your warm welcome, support, and love for me make me super happy. Thank you so much,” he said through an interpreter.
“It was really unexpected that I would cook tteokbokki in front of a lot of people, play games, draw, and have a lot of conversations with the fans. We are one big family, and I’m so happy to be part of this family. I would also like to sincerely express my gratitude to the Bench team for making this possible and for the unforgettable memories with my fans.”

Even with such a huge venue, the fan meet felt intimate as Seon-ho took every opportunity to be close with his Seonhohadas. “I will cherish today as an unforgettable memory. Salamat po,” the actor said.

As for his fans, there was no doubt that meeting their favorite Good Boy was also an unforgettable memory for them.

Love to Meet Our Good Boy: The Kim Seon-Ho Fan Meet 2023 was presented by Bench.
Words by Ava Sharra
Photos by Kris Rocha

Kim Seon-ho on Being an Actor, Returning to Manila

South Korean actor Kim Seon-ho returned to Manila for a successful fan meet on July 22 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. This was the second time the “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” and “Start-Up” actor visited Manila for a fan meet — this time organized by lifestyle and clothing brand Bench.

The Bench global ambassador met the media at a press conference before the fan meet. Seon-ho talked about being an actor, style, coming back to Manila, and more.

The actor introduced himself in Filipino, “Mabuhay! Ako si Kim Seon-ho.” Through an interpreter, he added, “I really feel blessed and grateful that I [am] able to visit you guys again through Bench today.”

Seon-ho said that he wasn’t able to go to different places and experience different things in the Philippines when he visited for his first fan meet in January, but this time, he wants to try halo-halo.

Known as a versatile actor, Seon-ho shared his process on how he prepares for a role. He said he looks for references to get into a character and that he has discussions with directors. It takes about one to two months for Seon-ho to get into a certain role.

“There is so much versatility to the characters, but the character starts from me. Just like clothing, it is kind of a different look and style when I wear it. So that’s how I see the individuality of the character,” he explained.

“Being an actor, [I am] prone to having new challenges every time I get a character. This makes me a bit worried, but at the same time, excited. So as an actor, I try to always have a new challenge to connect to the character.”

Seon-ho also talked about the moniker “Good Boy,” which came from his character Han Ji-pyeong from the 2020 drama “Start-Up.” He said that the elderly usually use the term to describe young people as innocent, naive, or pure. “Since I was really into [Han Ji-pyeong’s] character, when I hear the term “good boy,” it really makes me emotional as well,” Seon-ho added.

However, the actor said that his character Hong Du-sik in “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” is the most similar to himself because he likes having conversations with different people in a light environment.

His favorite scenes are those that involve normal everyday life where viewers can relate to his character more. “Rather than talking about the genre, I really appreciate and find it special the scenes where I’m having conversations and showing people my ordinary side.”

When asked about his hobbies, the actor said that he likes taking walks while thinking about his worries and his day. He likes observing what people do to be aware of what’s happening in society.

“I try to push myself to be a better actor every day, but I think I am a lazy actor. There [is] a lot of room for improvement. But I am very optimistic of myself as an actor, so I would like to request [that everyone] look forward to me being a better actor day by day.”

Seon-ho said was happy to be back in Manila and was grateful for the warm welcome that he has received.

Love to Meet Our Good Boy: The Kim Seon-Ho Fan Meet 2023 was presented by Bench.
Words by Ava Sharra
Photos by Kris Rocha

The Philippines’ favorite leading man is coming back to Manila! Jung Hae In Fan Meeting on Aug. 6

Catch Jung Hae In LIVE at “2023 JUNG HAE IN [THE 10TH SEASON] FAN MEETING IN MANILA” on August 6, 2023, at 7 PM, at the New Frontier Theater. The South Korean actor is celebrating his 10th anniversary and is hoping to commemorate the huge milestone with fans through this fanmeeting.

Jung Hae In debuted as an actor in 2014 through the drama, “Bride of the Century.” However, it was in 2017 when he hit superstardom with his appearance in “While You Were Sleeping.” His role as a calm and collected policeman captured the hearts of viewers which eventually enabled him to top bill huge dramas like Netflix’s “D.P.” and JTBC’s “Snowdrop.”

Jung Hae In is also a prominent movie star and has starred in a couple of award-winning films like Tune in For Love and Start-Up, the former earning him a “Best New Actor” award at the 56th Grand Bell Awards. This year, Jung Hae In will be busy embarking on an Asian Tour in multiple cities including Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Jakarta, Macau, and of course, Manila.

As his third fanmeeting in the country, Filipino fans can expect to have a grand time with the actor as he performs special stages and shares updates about his projects. Tickets for the fanmeeting are now on sale, with prices starting at PHP3,400 to PHP11,000. Depending on the tier, tickets also come with amazing perks like Goodbye Session, Group Photo, signed Polaroid, and signed poster.

For more show updates, follow Viu Philippines’ official social media accounts.